I recently e-mailed Mr. Niles (the proprietor) of this site as at when the 2010 attendance figures will be coming out. He said within the next few weeks he should receive that data.
Will Islands of Adventure crack the top 6 because of a fabulous new attraction?
Here are the top 7 from last year.
1. Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom: 17.2 million +1.0%
2. Disneyland: 15.9 million +8.0%
3. Epcot: 11.0 million +0.5%
4. Disney's Hollywood Studios: 9.7 million +1.0%
5. Disney's Animal Kingdom: 9.6 million +0.5%
6. Disney's California Adventure: 6.1 million +9.5%
7. SeaWorld Orlando: 5.8 million -6.8%
The bit that jumped out to me was this sentence: "Universal Orlando, one of few parks to release annual attendance figures, said its visitor count jumped from 9.3 million to 11.2 million last year."
So that indicates to me that there was definitely a large jump in people. Of course, the linked article draws an incorrect conclusion about why those numbers increased (completely ignoring the fact that WWOHP opened last year).
Sea World Orlando has had an interesting year with pulling the trainers from the water and only running a quasi-Believe, plus every time I've been there this year it has been very quiet. (I went during holiday weekends and spring break too!)
Islands will beat Sea World for sure, but I wouldn't expect Studios to crack the top of the list anytime soon - unless it kills Twister and T2 along with Jimmy and gets a marquee attraction that actually...you know...works and isn't referred to by all who work there as the 'Final Destination' coaster ;)
I respond: That seems a resonable prediction. But then it was made by Rao so I can't possibly agree with it. :o)
You and I are still the most heated of rivals, despite the fact that our daughters have the same name!
Oh, in case I haven't said it in a while... nice hat! ;)
I think that DCA will for the next couple of years surpass AK as it expands, but then become the 6th in 2013. IOA will improve with Harry Potter, but not to beat Disney Parks.
Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Disney's Hollywood Studios
Disney California Adventure
Universal Studios Florida
Universal's Islands of Adventure
Universal Studios Hollywood